Criminal Justice

About This Program:

Part of the overall mission of Georgia Military College is to guide students in their attainment of a two year degree and to develop the skills necessary to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Our Criminal Justice programs have the same mission with respect to the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, emergency services, or the legal field. The Criminal Justice program can also serve as building the groundwork for students perusing training in other related areas such as social work. Students within the Criminal Justice program will not only learn the basic components of the Criminal Justice system, but will also apply theories and practices of criminal justice to structuring, managing, directing, and controlling a variety of criminal justice agencies within police, courts and corrections. While actively learning about the criminal justice system, the Criminal Justice program at GMC is to provide students with the courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the Core curriculum and degree requirements for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. GMC’s Criminal Justice Program provides a holistic approach to educating our students by not only providing students with a well-rounded skill and knowledgebase, but also emphasizing character education and critical thinking.

What You Will Learn:

  • Students will be able to critically evaluate the various theories in Criminal Justice;
  • Students will be able to analyze aspects of the criminal justice system;
  • Students will be able to design a literature review in preparation of advanced learning; and
  • Students will be able to debate contemporary issues as they relate to the criminal justice system.

Program Benefits:

This degree will help students gain the skills to compete effectively in the Criminal Justice profession.  While for some entry level positions a degree is not required, given the job market, having an associate’s degree makes a qualified candidate more competitive.  Moreover, this degree prepares students to transfer to four year programs.  Most associate degree graduates are competitive for entry-level positions in corrections, private and corporate security and office support for law enforcement departments. Bachelor’s degree graduates may start in similar positions, but will be prepared to later assume supervisory or management responsibilities.  Students who are interested in graduate school or law school will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree. 

Program Length:

A.A. - 95/98 Quarter Hours
A.S. - 90/94 Quarter Hours
A.A.S. - 91/94 Quarter Hours